To print a copy of this information, click on this link: precytotechnology_curriculum_rev_8-2013.pdf

The Major

The “pre cytotechnology curriculum” is just a list of courses that are required for admission to a professional program. It is NOT an academic major, a minor, or an emphasis area.

Even if you plan to apply to a cytotechnology program after taking only the courses required for admission (minimum of 90 hours for the program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center), you need to declare an academic major at USM.

Many students choose a major in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) but other majors are acceptable including those in the humanities, social sciences, or business. Students should select the major in which they feel the most comfortable and in which they would like to pursue a baccalaureate degree or in which they would like to work if they are not accepted into a cytotechnology program.

Students wishing to pursue Cytotechnology in Mississippi apply to the Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, typically after taking three years to complete a pre cytotechnology curriculum, for example at Southern Miss.

Visit the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASC) web pages for more information about cytotechnology programs.

Link to main page:

Link to Profession of Cytotechnology:

Requirements for Applicants

The following three-year Recommended Course Sequence meets only the minimal requirements for admission to the one-year professional Cytotechnology program that was initiated in 2012 within the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Link to UMMC SHRP:

Link to Cytotechnology program:

Preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi. Out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted.

Following satisfactory completion of all requirements for this professional program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology from the University of Mississippi and are eligible to take the certification examination in cytotechnology.

Students must consult the specific admission requirements and application deadlines for the school(s) to which they plan to apply, including UMMC.

  • English composition (2 courses, 6 hours)
  • College Algebra, Quantitative Reasoning, or higher math (1 course, 3 hours)
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences (2 courses, 6 hours)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (3 courses, 9 hours)
  • Natural Sciences with labs (7 courses, 28 hours)
    Any combination of biology and chemistry courses, for example general biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, histology, microbiology, general zoology; general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry
    Science survey courses and science courses designed for non-majors are not accepted.
  • Electives (38 hours)

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below is merely a guideline to complete the courses required for the UMMC Cytotechnology program in a timely manner. Courses to fulfill the major must be worked into the student’s schedule.

Students must consult the USM Undergraduate Bulletin, the USM Class Schedule Guide for each semester, and their academic advisor. Many courses are offered in specific semesters (Fall or Spring only) and/or on a rotating cycle.


Fall Spring 
Natural science & laba,b 4 hNatural science & laba,b4 h
MAT 101 OR MAT 100c3 hENG 102 3 h
ENG 101d3 h3 required/elective coursese,f9-11 h
2 required/elective coursese,f 6-8 h  

a, Natural science courses (must include the lab, if one is offered)  include general biology (BSC 110/l, 111/L), anatomy and physiology (BSC 250/L, 251/L), genetics [BSC 370; one semester of organic chemistry (CHE 255/L) is recommended as prerequisite for genetics], histology (BSC 461), microbiology (BSC 380/L), zoology (BSC 201/L); general chemistry (CHE 106/L, 107/L), organic chemistry (CHE 255/L, 256/L), biochemistry (CHE 420

Students typically choose Biological Sciences (BSC) for several of the required natural sciences courses, but the order in which students take the introductory BSC courses does not matter. BSC 110/L covers molecular and cellular topics whereas BSC 111/L covers ecology and organisms. BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L are prerequisites for most other BSC courses. Similarly, students may take BSC 250/L and 251/L in any order. It is recommended that students take BSC 110/L before taking BSC 250/L or 251/L. General Chemistry (CHE 106/L) is a requirement for several upper level BSC courses, including Microbiology and Genetics. Courses in Botany are not acceptable for pre-cytotechnology students.

b, Students enrolling in CHE 106&L must have passed high school chemistry or passed CHE 100 at USM. CHE 100 is required when the chemistry background is not adequate. Students may enter CHE 100 directly, if they choose , but it will not count toward the Cytotechnology prerequisites. Students enrolled in CHE 106/L will take a test about two weeks into the class to determine if they should remain in CHE 106/L. If they do not meet the minimum score, these students are strongly recommended to move to a CHE 100 class, which is offered at the same time as CHE 106.

c, Placement in mathematics (MAT) courses depends on the student’s ACT subscore.

Calculus is required for most majors in the College of Science and Technology (CoST), but is not required for the dental hygiene program or for majors outside of CoST.

  • ACT mathematics subtest score 19 or below:  must take MAT 99 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 20 or above:  MAT 101 (College Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in College Algebra):  MAT 103 (Trigonometry).
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in Trigonometry): MAT 114 (Calculus for the Arts and Sciences)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 26 or above:  MAT 167 (Calculus I)

Students directly entering Trigonometry (MAT 103) or Calculus (MAT 114 or MAT 167) can use this course to satisfy the UMMC math requirement.

d, Placement in English Composition courses depends on the student’s ACT English subscore.

  • ACT English subtest score 16 or below:  ENG 99E (Expanded Composition Studio) and ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 17-19:  ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 20 or above:  ENG 101 (Composition 1)

e, For students pursuing a baccalaureate degree, “required courses” also include those in the General Education Curriculum and in the major and/or minor, as well as those required for the cytotechnology program (2 social and behavioral sciences courses and 3 humanities courses).

NOTE:   if a student is also pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Southern Miss,, he/she must take

  • one fine arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100)
  • two (2) Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131);  one Humanities must be a HIS course
  • two (2) Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:  select one from (ANT 101, GHY 101, SOC 101) and one from (ECO 101, PS 101, PSY 110). SOC 101 and PSY 110 are commonly selected.

f, Elective courses may include those needed for a specific major at Southern Miss. Pre-cytotechnology students need sufficient elective hours (38) to achieve a total of 90 hours of acceptable transfer credit for the UMMC program.

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies.


Fall Spring  
Natural science & laba,b4 hNatural science & laba,b4 h
4 required/elective coursese,f12-13 h4 required/elective coursese,f12-13 h

Strategy for Success

  • Students continue to do well in their studies, particularly the required science courses.


Fall Spring  
1-2 Natural science & laba,b4-8 h1-2 Natural science & laba,b4-8 h
3 required/elective coursese,f 9-11 h3 required/elective coursese,f 


Strategy for Success

  • Students continue to do well in their studies, particularly the required science courses.

YEAR 4 (If pursuing an optional baccalaureate degree)

Fall Spring  
Classes to fulfill major, minor15-18 h Classes to fulfill major, minor15-18 h 

The Application Process

The application process should begin in the Spring semester of the third year (February 1 deadline). Or, students may apply any time after July 1 for the next admission year.

  • Applicants must have completed (or be enrolled in) the minimum required courses.
  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 90 hours of academic credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • A minimum grade of C is required on each course accepted for transfer.
  • If a course is repeated, both grades are used in calculating the GPA.
  • An interview with the Cytotechnology Admissions Committee is required.
  • Admitted students must provide written confirmation of Hepatitis B vaccination or that they have begun a vaccination series.

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview.

For More Information about a Career in Healthcare, Contact the Preprofessional Office

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office is located in Bobby Chain Technology Building (TEC) Room 103.


Phone number: 601.266.4741

Mailing address:

Healthcare Preprofessional Office
College of Science and Technology
118 College Dr., #5165
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Preprofessional Assistant:

Ms. L. Machell Haynes

Preprofessional Advisor:

Dr. Jeffrey Evans, Preprofessional Advisor